Profiled by Maria Devan
Nose is mild roast nothing burnt.
Medium mouthfeel, mild spice from hop.
A lightly bubbly finish to show you a ribbon of chocolate and hop bitter at the end. No astringency. Only a hint of caramel. It’s like satin trim, the bitter chocolate finish in the schwarzbier. In this one it’s very mild but it smells like bakers chocolate. It finishes the beer smooth, like silk and lets you glimpse the hops herbal as it leaves drying.
The example of the style.
Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”
Maria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is a great beer writer. That’s Maria in the middle. The other two are not, but they are lucky to have her as a friend.